By Rose Anne Dela Cruz
THE newly-installed Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday vowed to maintain low-key but stern discipline to the 196,000 strong police force he will lead in the next 19 months.
The former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, made the vow while delivering his inaugural address during the Change of Command Ceremony in Camp Crame.
Albayalde replaced Ronald Dela Rosa, who retired upon reaching the age of retirement and who will now be the chief jail guard as he was appointed director of the Bureau of Corrections, the government institution that has jurisdiction over the New Bilibid Prisons, the national penitentiary.
Aside from disciplining the ranks, Albayalde said his leadership will also focus on reform and internal cleansing, intensified campaign against Criminality and illegal drugs, practical program for crime prevention and suppression and strengthen public engagement.
Albayalde, who is known for the discipline he imposed on his men at the NCRPO where he was chief for 20 months, said the PNP should earn the trust of the people who pays its expenses.
“If we want to win the trust of the Filipino people who pays our salary– which the President doubled recently– we will serve with all honesty, honor and integrity,” says Albayalde adding that he will set high expectations for performance, but he will be fair and just.
Meanwhile, on Friday, a day after taking an oath, Albayalde disclosed that under his leadership, promotions will be solely based on seniority, merit and competence.
He said the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board, complemented by an oversight committee will ensure keen observance to his policy of placing the right person for the job, according to the institutional standards set by the organization.
At the same time, Albayalde said the practice of surprise inspection of police units will continue under his leadership.
“As much as I enjoy conducting surprise inspections, I may not be able to reach all of our 2,766 police stations nationwide,” he said adding that this is why aside from their regular duties, he ordered all provincial and city directors to conduct these surprise inspections to regularly assess the readiness of ground forces.
Moreover, he also stressed that the oversight committee will also regularly evaluate the performance of all commanders on the ground including Regional Director.
Furthermore, Albayalde said all of the new police recruits and new officers shall be required to undergo standard Special Action Force training before they get deployed in the different regions.
While the new PNP chief display toughness, he noted that disciplined and performing cops will be awarded while “legal assistance will be provided to officers who have been charged in connection with the performance of their duties.”